Winter Storm Inga Update
Chapel Hill is cleaning up after Winter Storm Inga dumped more than 6 inches of snow on the town. Public Works crews are focusing on clearing Town-maintained streets, bridges, overpasses and trouble spots. The NC Department of Transportation is focusing on the five major roads through Chapel Hill (Franklin Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Columbia Street, Fordham Boulevard, Manning Drive, and South Road/NC Highway 54).
Meeting cancelations: Wednesday's Chapel Hill Town Council regular business meeting is canceled. Wednesday's Chapel Hill Cultural Arts Commission meeting is canceled. The Meet the Author Tea scheduled for Thursday has been canceled and may be rescheduled for a later date.
Town facilities will be closed on Thursday. This includes Parks and Recreation facilities (including the Aquatics Center on Homestead Road), the Chapel Hill Public Library and other public-facing facilities.
Homestead Aquatics Center Is Now Open
Good news! The leak in the Homestead Aquatics Center pool has been found and repaired; the pool has been filled, heated, and regulated; and the pool is scheduled to reopen in less than two weeks!
“We want to thank the community for its patience during the repair,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jim Orr. “We’d also like to say a special thank you to the community partners that allowed special use in their facilities during our closure: Hollow Rock, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA, the Orange County Sportsplex, and the Bowman Gray Memorial Pool on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. We understand some of you had to change your routine during this time, and we appreciate your flexibility.”
The Orange County Health Department has given tentative approval to reopen the Aquatics Center, pending a full inspection. This type of inspection is regularly done twice a year. With final approval from the health department, the Aquatics Center will open at 5:30 a.m. Monday, April 17, and continue on a regular schedule. Pool schedules can be found at townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/parks-recreation/aquatics.
The Parks and Recreation Department expects an approval from the final inspection. If a delay is presented, a new opening date will be announced by the Town of Chapel Hill.
Things May Look A Little Different
Due to the location of the leak, additional work is required to fill the access point, which is located under a portion of the pool deck. The contractor that will perform the work isn’t available until eight weeks from now.
In the meantime, a wall has been constructed to separate public access from the repair site. That wall has been approved by the health department and will remain in place until the repair access point has been completed.
For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Jim Orr at 919-968-2785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.